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17 February 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Terrytoons are oddly interesting, mainly for anybody wanting to see (generally) older cartoons made by lesser known and lower-budget studios. They are a mixed bag in quality, with some better than others, often with outstanding music and with some mild amusement and charm and variable in animation, characterisation and content.

'Ye Olde Songs', while far from being among either the best or worst Terrytoons, is a step down from the previous 1932 cartoons 'Noah's Outing' and 'Peg Leg Pete' (there are other 1932 cartoons listed, but unavailable as far as can be personally seen to watch). It's watchable, but fairly average fare with an old premise that is not done much new with. Its main reason for viewing is mainly for anybody striving to see every Terrytoons available like me.

Best asset is the music, which predictably is incredible. It is so beautifully and cleverly orchestrated and arranged, is great fun to listen to and full of lively energy, doing so well with enhancing the action. Some of the backgrounds are detailed enough.

The songs are great infectious and performed very well, there is a charm that never feels forced and there are enough gags to keep one entertained and ones that amuse enough. Farmer Al Falfa avoids being annoying.

With the exception of some of the backgrounds, the animation is not good here. Even for Terrytoons, while not doing as much cheating as some earlier cartoons, it is primitive at best and there is a lot of crudeness and over-simplicity going on in the backgrounds.

Story is non-existent and doesn't have enough lively pacing or memorable characters (the rest are very bland) to make up for that. This is especially so towards the end, while there is not much momentum and one doesn't remember the ending that much.

Overall, a long way from unwatchable but hardly a must-watch or one for repeated viewings. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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